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Jackie Collins dead: Sandra Bullock, Oprah Winfrey, and more pay tribute

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Jackie Collins died Saturday at the age of 77, and Hollywood reacted with an outpouring of tributes for the best-selling author.

Diagnosed with stage four breast cancer a little more than six years ago, Collins kept her diagnosis private, only telling her three daughters. Her sister, actress Joan Collins, didn’t learn of Jackie’s diagnosis until about two weeks ago.

“She was my best friend,” the actress said in a statement to PEOPLE. “I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.”

Many of Collins’ novels were adapted for TV and film over the years, and the TV miniseries version of Collins’ Lucky Chances starred Sandra Bullock in one of her earliest roles. “That smart, talented, and gorgeous woman paved the road for so many of us so that we could experience a much smoother journey … with or without heels,” Bullock told PEOPLE in a statement. “Heaven … watch out!”

Others stars shared their tributes to Collins on Twitter, including Oprah Winfrey, Kathy Griffin, and Melissa Gilbert, who starred in the TV movie adaptation of Hollywood Wives: The New Generation.